Friday, September 28, 2007

Cle Ellum, WA

A long week of lopping.. cutting back brush from the edge of the trail... with loppers. Oh, Cindy would have been mighty proud.
My pal, Matt Seely, from college, came out for the first day of work. Provided a drop of whiskey to our sober afternoon coffee.
But good Matt left, and by the fifth day we had grown weary and broken when a southwest wind blew in a youthful crew from Portland to assist us in the quarel with our relentless green enemy. Huckleberry, salmonberry, and got merry in that bushy canundrum.

hard at lunch

the reservoir nearby our camp

Back in Trout Lake, WA, Mt. Adams was draped in clouds

Monday, September 17, 2007

Crew Vacation to Ross Lake

The Ross Lake Dam

we rented canoes, and paddled leisurely north, toward the Canadian border.

mornings on the lake were marked by a glowing red curtain of sunlight creeping down the western bank

in the afternoons we had plenty of time to relax

a stillness lingered on long after the sun dropped over the western ridges

we explored the old-growth forest up Beaver Creek

a rustic boathouse near the Diablo Dam, below Ross Dam.

and a boat we never used

and this piece was actually painted in the Indian Heaven Wilderness near Mt. Adams

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Jefferson Park

Our projects have been getting better and better. Jefferson Park in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness is an inspiring area. And I suppose that is the reason why so many people go there for recreation. It is considered a "high use area". Being a high alpine meadow, the thin layer of soil is covered in a delicate foliage that does not stand up well to foot traffic. As a result, many unnecessary trails have been created by the number of visitors to the area.
Our job for the week was to eliminate the unnecessary trails by means of obstructions, the relocation of vegetation into the trail, and the placement of signs at trail heads.

Mt. Jefferson from the north

hiked up to the closest snow field after work one afternoon

another day, I walked to the far end of the meadow

and an outhouse sitting, unused behind the Mt. Adams Center

Mt. Adams Wilderness

Working on the PCT in the Mt Adams Wilderness was a great break from the dryer climes of Northern California. We did very little digging. Primarily, we created obsticals on the trals to prevent further water erosion, such as check dams.

a tree at a meadow's end

driving back to Portland on 84, I pulled to the shoulder for a break in front of this old gas station.
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